NGEZI – Ngezi Platinum Stars maintained lead at the top of the Castle Lager Premiership log with an easy 4-1 over troubled Yadah FC, who did not travel with coach Jairos Tapera to the Baobab Stadium yesterday.
Tapera has reportedly been suspended by the Walter Magaya-owned side and was at Rufaro Stadium watching Harare City’s match against Shabanie.
Midfielder Walter Mukanga scored a brace while Tichaona Mabvura and Keith Murera got the other goals for Madamburo, who are now on 43 points.
Wellington Kamudyariwa scored the consolation for Yadah from the penalty spot.
Second-placed Chicken Inn maintained pressure on log leaders Ngezi when they beat Triangle 2-0 at Luveve Stadium.
Goals from captain Moses Jackson in the first half and a penalty by Innocent Mucheneka in the second half was all the Gamecocks needed to secure maximum points.
Chicken Inn goalkeepers coach Julius Ndlovu said: “Thumbs up to the boys. They played according to the game plan. We planned well during the week. It’s good we are collecting maximum points at home while edging closer to the championship.
On the title race, Ndlovu said: “We have to win our own games, never mind how other teams play.”
Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro was disappointed with the loss and believes they failed to defend well.
“It was failure to defend from set pieces and they were there to punish us. The first time, it was failure to defend a corner kick and at a time when we thought we were regrouping, we gave away a penalty,” he said.
In an early kick-off at Luveve Stadium, Bantu Rovers finally tasted victory when they defeated fading former log leaders Black Rhinos 1-0.
Veteran defender Tapiwa Kumbuyani scored for the home side with a free kick just after the break to give Methembe Ndlovu’s side their first win since May.
For Rhinos, it was their fourth defeat on the trot and it left coach Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa disappointed.
“In the first half, Bantu played very well and we came back in the second half. Yes, we missed some chances that were supposed to be goals,” he said.
“We are still disappointed. This is our fourth game losing. We hope to go back and correct the mistakes and also look forward to our next game.”
Bantu Rovers team manager Agent Sawu was not convinced with how they played despite the positive result.
“It’s a positive result for us, especially in the second round of the season. We have been playing well but we were not getting the results,” Sawu said.
“Today, we got the desired result but we were not happy with the performance of the team. The weather conditions contributed to the change in our usual play.”
Yesterday’s results: Ngezi Platinum Stars 4-1 Yadah FC, Bantu Rovers 1-0 Black Rhinos, Chicken Inn 2-0 Triangle, Harare City 2-0 Shabanie Mine, FC Platinum 3-1 Bulawayo City